That summer-time smell, from surfmats to Mackintosh Coats
Growing up on the beach in the pre-boogie board era made for interesting wave riding tools. The L.A. County beaches' black ball flags meant that surfing was forbidden after 11 am on most summer days, so we got creative.
For some years, Paipo bellyboards were the boards of choice, but these mini-surfboards, complete with fins and hard glassed rails, were as dangerous as the surfboards they were modeled after. Remember, this was also the pre-surf leash era—we lost our boards and had to know how to swim.
At a couple of Manhattan Beach ...